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Jesus’ naughty and nice list is not based on those who came to church today.  Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-5, 14 Christmas Day 2016 The beginnings of Christmas Finish this statement:  “It wouldn’t seem like Christmas without….”  Obviously for those of you who are here, it wouldn’t be Christmas without church, especially if Christmas Day falls […]

There is never a time that God is not with us. Isaiah 7:10-17; Matthew 1:18-25 Christmas Eve 2016 The hunt for clues How has this week been for your family?  Mike and Cathy May, who spent this week last year in the hospital battling cancer, returned this past Thursday to Levine Cancer Center to distribute […]

A Great Light by Bob Thompson

December 19th, 2016

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Candlelighting 2016  Matthew 4:12-17   My brother the lighter I said this morning that Christmas week has begun at our home, with the arrival of three children, plus a spouse and a boyfriend and two dogs. We’re loving it. At Thanksgiving I connected with my family of origin, including my four siblings. I love them […]

Standing on the Promise by Bob Thompson

December 19th, 2016

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“No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” (2 Cor. 1:20) Genesis 12:1-7 Galatians 3:15-19   The contract It happened more than twenty years ago, in the minivan phase of our life. There were three kids, which meant that two kids would share one seat and one would have the luxury […]

How to Hope by Bob Thompson

December 12th, 2016

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Never, ever give up that all mankind will see God’s salvation. Isaiah 40:1-5; Luke 3:1-6   Trafficking in hope One of the key reasons people come to church, especially if they’re coming back after an absence, is to help them hold on to hope. On a fairly regular basis I hear something along this line: […]